Here’s Trump’s Plan To Get Washington Out Of Schools

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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday designed to put an end to federal overreach in K-12 schools.

The Executive Order Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education will direct education secretary Betsy DeVos to conduct a review of federal education rules where the government has overstepped its legal authority, Rob Goad, an official at the Department of Education, told reporters Wednesday morning.

DeVos will oversee an effort to “review, and if necessary, repeal regulations and guidance issued by the Department of Education to identify places where D.C. as overstepped its legal authority,” Goad said.

This executive order continues for Trump’s ongoing overhaul of federal processes, and is similar to other orders delivered this week. Trump signed an order Tuesday directing the Department of Agriculture to review how regulations were prohibiting farm business growth.

Trump also directed the U.S. Treasury to review and recommend action on financial regulations that have “increased tax burdens, impeded economic growth, and saddled American businesses with onerous fines, complicated forms, and frustration.”

“Since our founding, education was intended to be under state and local control,” Goad said. “In recent years, however, too many in Washington have advanced top-down mandates that take away autonomy and limit the options available to educators, administrators and parents.”

Republicans frequently criticized President Barack Obama’s education regulations, most recently accountability measures that opponents said shifted school oversight from local authorities to the federal government. Congress and the Trump administration have already rolled back some of those rules.

Trump’s executive order moves toward “eliminating D.C. regulations that intend to control what students are or aren’t taught,” Goad said.

“With this executive order, President Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to getting the federal government out of the way, and returning control over education back where it belongs, at the state and local level.”

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